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New law lets some pension plans cut promised benefits

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For some retirees, Congress has played the Grinch this holiday season. Tucked into the federal spending bill were provisions that will allow certain struggling multi-employer pension plans to reduce benefits already being received by retirees.

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After the new federal pension rules: What retirees need to know

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Buried in the $1.1 trillion "Cromnibus" legislation signed this week by President Barack Obama was a provision that aims to head off a looming implosion of multiemployer pension plans - traditional defined benefit plans jointly funded by groups of employers.

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ERISA Changes Passed as Part of Controversial Spending Bill

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In one fell swoop last week, a once-sacrosanct tenet of the 1974 omnibus pension law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (more commonly known by its acronym, ERISA), was overturned. For its sponsors, the measure meant saving troubled multiemployer pensions heading for insolvency.

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Pension cuts helped keep the government open, but they hurt many retired women

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On Nov. 14, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. reported that 200 of the 1,400 multi-employer plans covering 1 million participants are at risk of failing within the next decade. The PBGC is worried about this because it becomes responsible for the pension obligations of these failed plans.

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Summary of the pension cutback provisions in the Omnibus spending law [UPDATED]

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In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the 2015 Omnibus spending bill, which includes provisions that allow trustees of certain multiemployer plans to cut retirees’ pensions. Here is a summary of these provisions: 

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Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision

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A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

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PRC Statement on Retiree Pension-Cut Legislation Included in Omnibus Bill

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Washington – On December 16, President Obama signed the 2015 Omnibus spending bill. The new law contains provisions that allow certain underfunded multiemployer pension plans to cut retirees’ benefits. The Pension Rights Center released the following statement from Executive Vice President Karen Friedman:

 

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President Expected to Sign Spending Bill Addressing Multiemployer Plans, 4062(e)

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President Barack Obama was expected to sign into law a $1.1 trillion U.S. government spending bill that includes elements designed to boost the nation's troubled multiemployer pension plan system and provisions addressing several other employee-benefits-related areas.

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Pension Benefits: New Law Lets Trustees Cut Them

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The House and Senate plan that would let trustees of certain financially wobbly pension plans cut retirees' benefits is aimed at reducing financial demands on those underfunded plans so they do not collapse totally.

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Congress passes major change to law on union pensions

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Severely underfunded union pension plans will be allowed to reduce current retiree benefits in order to avoid future insolvency, under a last-minute amendment attached to the $1.1 trillion federal government appropriations bill known as the “CRomnibus.”

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